Pressure groups stages black flag demonstration against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill

SHILLONG, Jan 11: Three Pressure groups of the state, FKJGP, HYNF and RBYF under the aegis of the North East Indigenous People’s Forum (NEIPF), held a black flag demonstration to oppose the passing of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 by the Lok Sabha at Khyndailad today.

Speaking at the rally, HNYF general secretary, Sadon Blah said that Bangladeshi Hindus are preparing themselves to come to India as soon as the Bill becomes an act.

“The basic intention of passing this bill was to serve the political vote banks as they hope that they will all vote for the BJP in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls,” Blah said.

The HNYF leader said that at the first instance, the Centre sent the Joint Parliamentary Committee to seek the views of the people of the region on the proposed amendment bill but now they have gone ahead in passing the bill in the Lok Sabha without respecting the sentiments of the people of the region.

It may be mentioned that last year various organisations of the state had opposed the amendment bill right from the time when the JPC members visited the State.

“We would like send a sent a clear message to the BJP led NDA Government that we will not allow at any cost to play with the future of the people of the region to fulfill its political agenda,” Bah added.

He pointed out that the population of Bangladeshi Hindus is 16 million even as he asked the Centre if it was inviting the whole 16 million Bangladeshi Hindu to become Indian citizens.

Blah also pointed out that there are another 50 lakh Pakistani Hindus.

He also stated that the Government of India in the past had encouraged the Indian population not to have more than two children and has been spreading the slogan of “Hum Do aur Hamare Do”.

“The basic intention was reduce the population of the country. But what does it mean when the Govenrment of India is inviting the people from outside to avail the citizenship of the country. This is not a reflection of the political agenda of the BJP,” the HNYF general secretary said.

Meanwhile, FKJGP president, Wellbirth Rani, said that the proposed Amendment Bill is an evil design against the indigenous communities of the region.

Rani said, “The BJP Government is not concern about the interest of the microscopic populations of the Northeast.”

The FKJGP leader also said that the decision and the timing to bring the proposed amendment bill was to serve the interest of the BJP.

“Christian will not dare to come to India seeing the present situation in India. By referring to the Christian, it is just an eye-wash of the BJP Government,” Rani added.

A key amendment in the bill seeks to grant citizenship to people without valid documents from minority communities — Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians — from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan after six years of residence in India.

Rani also informed that the NEIPF will meet next week we will where leaders of various groups of the region will attend to decide on the future course of agitation.

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